Being “In” Service, Not Just “In-charge”

Barbara Graves —  July 27, 2011

Everyone in children’s ministry knows that it is a never-ending process.  No matter how far ahead you have planned, with each passing Sunday, there is another one on the horizon.  There is always another service to plan, another outing to coordinate and another outreach to pursue.  And, if all is done; planned, prepped and prayed; the “3 Ps” of ministry, then there is dreaming to be done for what’s beyond those plans.  Even as a service is in progress, we are thinking of the next segment.  Who is taking up the offering?  How will the kids like the object lesson?  I wonder if the pastor will be long today?  All these thoughts tend to run laps around our brains as we are in the middle of our service.

In our ongoing care of our ministry, we need to remind ourselves to stop and enjoy the moment that we are in.  Watch God move in your service.  Focus on the sound of the kids singing praises to our Lord.  Savor the question that the kid asks that let’s you know that he’s processing what you’re teaching.  Just standing in the presence of God as He works through the ministry that you have prepared is exhilarating.  It feeds our spirit and renews our purpose.  But we have to stop facilitating the moment and be in it.

And while we can’t leave the bow of the ship for too long, we can steal away for a few minutes to enjoy the voyage and the view.

Then, excited again for the journey,  it’s back to setting the course for the next destination on the map.

Barbara Graves

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Barbara is a married mother of 4 grown kids. She is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Momentum Church in Woodstock, GA where she oversees kids from birth to 5th grade. She can often be found driving around north Georgia, usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.

One response to Being “In” Service, Not Just “In-charge”

  1. Yes! Great words. It was a non-negotiable for staff to worship regularly, and our volunteers as well. This led to some tensions between me and others (those under my care / responsibility), but it was worth it.

    We don’t need to go (or make others go) to service just for the sake of having another rule, but — as you said — it is for their good. We need God to fill us, and part of worshiping Him is trusting him to take care of our (er, HIS) ministry.